Scott's class is one of a couple dozen or so follow-up classes to the Stanford AI class that attracted 140,000 students. They're being delivered using a totally new model of education.
- They're free. Yes, free.
- They're scalable -- any number of students can sign up.
- They're taught by rock star scientists and professors -- people at the cutting edge of their fields.
- They're graded. Students submit work (multiple-choice, mostly) and get grades and a certificate of completion at the end of the course*.
This is just the latest in a series of innovations that are going to turn education -- public, private, higher, you name it -- upside down. Why settle for a half-prepped lecture from a busy assistant professor when you can get the same content--better--online for free? If you're the teacher, why bother to prep the lecture when someone else has already given it?
* Yes, yes. The grading is pretty rudimentary, but it can't be that long until smart people figure out how to do better.It's a problem I'd be interested in working on.